Subject: CBS Early Show : 25 : 11 : 2009 26.11.09 1:54
Adam Lambert on CBS’s “The Early Show”: “I’m Not a Babysitter.
“American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert went on CBS’s “The Early Show” this morning to respond to critics of his racy performance on this weekend’s American Music Awards.
Lambert had been scheduled to go on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” but the show cancelled the guest appearance in the wake of the controversy over his AMA performance. During his song on the AMAs, Lambert appeared to simulate oral sex and kissed a male member of his band.
On “The Early Show,” in a segment the program billed as “Straight Talk” (the vocalist is openly gay), Lambert said his performance on the AMAs ”came from more of an impromptu place” and said he didn’t rehearse the moments that have generated criticism.
“Sometimes I forget — ‘Oh, there’s a camera on,’” Lambert said. “I come from the theater….I was looking out in the crowd and saw some of my favorite pop stars and thought–I want to let loose. And it just kinda got the best of me.”
Lambert said there was lot of “very adult” content on the AMAs that night, and that stars like Eminem and Janet Jackson also performed material that could have been viewed by some as inappropriate for younger viewers.
“I’m not using that as an excuse, and I didn’t take any offense with those performers’ choices,” Lambert said. “I’m just saying I think it’s up to a parent to watch the television. It was almost 11:00 at night. If they’re concerned with certain material maybe TiVo it and preview it before your small child is watching it.”
When asked if he should apologize, Lambert responded: “I’m not a babysitter, I’m a performer.”
He said there was a “double standard” because he was male and gay and that a female performer would not have faced as much criticism for the same stage moves.
Adam Lambert rocks CBS 'Early Show.' (Surprise! No one gets groped!)
There’s really no other way to score it, seeing how Good Morning America lost out on one charming, cheeky interview (read what my colleague Ken Tucker had to say about that) and two bad-ass musical performances from American Idol season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert this morning, handing them all over to its rival Early Show because, um, why exactly? Oh yeah, apparently ABC suits didn’t trust the firebrand singer would understand the inherent difference between a 10:55 p.m. performance at a decidedly racy awards show and an 8:30 a.m. gig at a benign, watch-with-your-cereal-and-coffee news program. [Insert eye-roll here.] This isn’t to say I’ve changed my tune on Lambert’s Sunday-night showing. Some 36 hours later, I stand by my contention that his AMA performance of “For Your Entertainment” was a vocal and aesthetic disappointment. But ABC’s finger-wagging disinvitation — “Given his controversial American Music Awards performance, we were concerned about airing a similar concert so early in the morning” — seems as disingenuous as it does counter-intuitive. (Really? Why not just put a big bow on top of that ratings gift you’re giving to Harry Smith & Co.?)